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Importance of the biography of excellent characters. “ Observations of somne Specialities of Divine Providence in the Life of Joseph Hall, Bishop of Norwich, written with his owm hand.” His father. Character of his mother. Dedicated from his infancy to the sacred ministry. Some of the most eminent Divines indebted to the early instructions of their mothers. Fraternal affection of Mr. Jos. Hall's brother. Mr. Jos. Hall's admission at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His eleetion into a scholarship, into a fellowship, and into the Rhetoric-Professorship. His intense study at the university. His piety. His relinquishing the Rhetoric-Professorship. His theological studies. His ordination. His frequent preaching, .. .. Page 1—14.

CHAP. II.

Mr. Jos. Hall's whole residence at College. His presentation to the rectory of Halstead. His previous appointment to the mastership of Tiverton school. His rebuilding of Halstead rectory. His marriage. His children. Anecdote respecting his family. A person of the name of Lilly opposes him. His journey abroad with Sir E. Bacon. Motive of this journey. Account of his Travels, in a letter. His return. His dissatisfaction with Halstead. His preacbing before Prince Henry—is made one of his Chaplains. His intention of removingfrom Halstead. His acceptance ofthe Living of Waltham Holy Cross. His unwillingness to leave Halstead. His taking his Doctor's degree:— he was a principal instrument in promoting the establishment of the Charter House. His Apology against the

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Brownists--Account of that sect. His modest refusal of P. Henry's offers. His frequent preaching. His sermons. Death of P. Henry. His claracter. Dr. Hall made Prebendary of Wolverhampton—recovers some emoluments belonging to that church—resigns his prebend. His attendance on the embassy to France. Is made Dean of Worcester.

His return from France. Accompanies the King to Scot

land. Prejudices against him. Five articles proposed

towards promoting uniformity in the kirk. Correspondence of Mr. Struthers with Dr. Hall. The five articles published in Scotland. His Majesty's journey unsuccessful. The king's return. The Book of Sports. Remarks upon it. Religious debates in Holland. Dr. Hall deputed as one of the English Divines to go to the Synod of Dort. His Majesty's instructions to the English divines. Some account of the Synod. The oath taken in it. Godwin's charges against the contra-remonstrants refuted. Dr. Hall's Letter to Dr. Fuller. Dr. Hall's return from the Synod. His ill health. His latin speech on taking his leave of the Synod. Public thanks given him. A gold medal presented to him. His Latin Sermon before the Synod. Quotation from. Results of the Synod. Opinions of the British divines. The church of England troubled with disputes. The king encourages Arminianism. Immoderate disputes between Arminians and Calvinists. His Majesty restrains them. Doctrines of the church. Popery increasing. Montague's writings. Death of James I. Dr. Hall's remarks upon the growth of sects. Flattering great personages fashionable in Dr. Hall's time. He is guilty of this. Funeral sermon on James I. Dr. Hall's sermon, entitled, ** Noah's Dove, &c." in latin, translated by Robert Hall, his son. His preaching at the re-opening of St. John's Chapel, Clerkenwell. Parliament consider Montague's books. The church disturbed by the Belgic disputes. Dr. Hall's reflections on them. His sentiments moderate. His Via Media. The object of this treatise. The doctrines of the church contained in it. Dr. Hall's attempt of reconciling the points in dispute, . . p. 15-111

CHAP. III.

Dr. Hall's refusal of the See of Gloucester. His promotion to

that of Exeter. Misunderstood in his writings against the

church of Rome. Vindication of himself. His episcopal

function attacked. His advice to his clergy. Recommends

catechizing. Spent much of his life in that exercise.

K. James's opinion of catechizing. Bishop Hall suspected

of favouring Popery and Puritanism. Lectures set up in

market-towns suppressed. Breach between the King and

Puritans widening. Factious clergy in the diocese of

Exeter. Most of them restored to order. Bishop Hall

accused of encouraging lectures. His troubles on this

account. He, and others of his brethrem, charged with

giving advantage to the disaffected. Laud promoting the

second edition of the Book of Sports. A copy of it. The

ill effects of it. The hardship of imposing its publication

on the clergy. Many refused publishing it. Sufferings of

the clergy on this account. Remarks on the character of

Charles I. Persons in authority should promote the obser-

vance of the sabbath. The object of publishing the book

of sports. Bishop Hall did not encourage its publica-

tion. No mention of it in his works. Controversy

about the morality of the sabbath revived. The long

parliament insisted on the strict observance of the sabbath.

The Book of Sports burnt. Archbishop Laud leaning to

Popery. Communion tables ordered to be placed altaruise.

The consequent disputes and troubles. Prynne's sentence

for writing his Histriomastiae. Bastwick and Burton sen-

tenced for their writings. Dr. Williams, Bishop of Lincoln,

imprisoned. Osbaldestom severely treated, . . p.112-151.

Scottish Bishops nominal. Attempts of establishing episco-
pacy in Scotland unsuccessful. Bishop Hall undertaking
to write in defence of “ the Divine Right of Episcopacy."
Sketch of the work sent to Archbishop Laud. His Grace's

Long parliament. Committees appointed. Petitions for

redress of grievances. Complaints against the canons and
their compilers. Resolutions of the house. More anger
and prejudice than law and reason. Charges against
Archbishop Laud,---he is impeached of high treason, and
committed to the Tower. Convocation dwindled away.
Mr. Warmistre's motion against the late canons. Bishop
Williams released--resumes his seat in parliament---is trans-
lated to York. Prynne, Bastwick, and Burton remanded.
Evil designs against the church. Leighton and Osbaldeston
set at liberty. Dr. Cosins's sufferings. Petition against
Dr. Matt. Wren---he is voted unfit to hold ecclesiastical
preferments---is imprisoned. His sufferings. Complaints
against the bishops. Clamours against the clergy. Lit-
urgy railed at. Petitions against the clergy. Unfair ways
of getting up these petitions. Outrageous spirit of the
populace. Communion rails pulled down. Surplice torn.
Liturgy abused, Sentence of parliament against these riots.
Factious preachers and lecturers. Commissioners to
demolish all ornaments, &c. in churches. St. Paul's cross,
and that in Cheapside, pulled down. Arbitrary power of the

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